Mancini targets place in history
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:09
The South Americans take on Spain in the final in Mar del Plata, with the hosts looking to win the event for the first time after finishing as runners-up in 1981 and 2006.
“It is the most important event in my sporting career,” Mancini told La Nacion newspaper. “A Davis Cup victory would be one of the biggest sporting achievements in Argentina’s history.”
The hosts’ chances of victory have improved significantly with the news Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal has pulled out due to tendinitis in his right knee.
But Mancini is certain his side will not suffer from over-confidence.
“We must not relax and think the tie is going to be easier,” he added.
“Even though (David) Ferrer’s form is not the best, he is very experienced. Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco are also dangerous players.
“Obviously, the match has tipped in our favour because of Nadal’s absence, but it will still not be easy.
“We must be careful and respect our opponents.”